By Chateau Clinet
The 2017 Clinet from Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the verdant, undulating landscape of Pomerol, the esteemed Chateau Clinet presented the wine world with a particular marvel in the form of the 2017 Clinet. This vintage emerges from a year that artisans across Bordeaux approached with bated breath, due to unpredictable spring frosts that threatened many an estate. Yet, it is from such trials that excellence can transcend and the 2017 Clinet is a testament to this resilience.
Resilience and Refinement: The Making of a Notable Vintage
The viticultural equipoise of Chateau Clinet navigated the climatic vicissitudes of 2017 with a deft touch. The result is a wine steeped in the rare alchemy of challenge transformed into triumph. This merlot-led assemblage exudes finesse, a velvety texture that marries impeccably with its complex bouquet, teeming with lively red fruit underlined by elegant floral notes and a subtle hint of spice – a fine example for wine investment connoisseurs.
A Vintage That Speaks: The Language of the Land
Beyond mere survival, the 2017 Clinet from Chateau Clinet articulates the year’s narrative through its structure and depth. The wine's poised ruby gaze belies its youthful vigour; it revels in lush plum and blackberry embraces, whilst whispers of licorice and earthy truffles delve deeper into the sensory expedition. The finish? A lingering tableau of balance and grace.
For those attuned to the potential grandeur amidst the unpredictability of Bordeaux reds - this is a recherché venture into 2017's captivating vintages. In the arena of fine wine investment, the 2017 Clinet stands out as an eloquent proposition; one marinated in both promise and heritage. As history will no doubt recount, this vintage encapsulated the indomitable spirit of Pomerol in liquid form.
Therein lies the essence of this offering: an illustrious beacon in an otherwise fraught vintage. As it matures, undoubtedly refining its narrative, one finds in the 2017 Clinet an investable treasure that echoes with voices from an anomalistic year - each decanting unveiling subtler dialects. Investors and aficionados alike would do well to regard this edition as a paragon of Pomerol’s inimitable terroir resplendence.
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Scores and tasting notes
Alluring, offering fleshy layers of fig, boysenberry and plum compote notes lined with anise and roasted apple wood accents, this is nicely integrated already, with fresh acidity embedded throughout.—J.M.
Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - winespectator.com
Some green-olive and herb character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows some solid and linear length on the finish.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 27 April 2018
The 2017 Clinet was picked from 19 to 26 September for the Merlot and on 29 September for the Cabernets at 35hl/ha. It is matured in 72% new oak and the remainder one year old. The alcohol is 13.1° compared to say 14.4° for 2016. It has a perfumed bouquet with mainly red berry fruit, top notes of loam and a touch of violet. It is certainly well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well delineated, and saline in the mouth. It is quite open towards the finish, perhaps with less grip than other Pomerols that I have tasted, but it is undeniably elegant and well balanced with a hint of cured meat cropping up on the aftertaste. Classic Clinet!
Neal Martin - Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18
The 2017 Clinet packs a serious punch. Dense, rich and explosive, the 2017 offers tons of pure power, but it also comes across as oaky and lacking the detail of the best years, at least at this stage. A rush of black cherry jam, inky fruit, grilled herbs, lavender, licorice and smoke builds into the pliant, enveloping finish. The 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend speaks with a loud voice. Tasted two times.
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni - vinous.com - May '18